Cough With Phlegm

Cough with phlegm can occur due to certain conditions like allergies, air pollution, smoking, upper or lower respiratory tract infection, viral infection, bacterial infection, tobacco use, postnasal drip, asthma, and acid reflux. There will be a production of mucus while coughing. It is treated by taking expectorants for thinning and loosening the mucus for expelling it. Gargling with salt water and steam inhalation helps to manage it.

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I am abroad on a trip and have cold sweats, headaches, and blood in the stool. Can you please help?

Query: Hi doctor,I am currently abroad on a trip. Suddenly, I got cold sweats, headaches, and phlegmy coughs. I then puked and got mostly better. I just saw blood in my stool, but I feel fine now. What to do?  Read Full »


Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your question and understood your concerns. Probably, you are suffering from gastroenteritis. That has caused the vomiting and the bloody stools. It is mostly due to a protozoal infection. So, I suggest you take Flagyl two tablets three times daily ...  Read Full »

I see blood in my phlegm. Is this serious?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old male with a height of 182 cm and weight 75 kilograms. I had a cold, cough, and fever a few days back. My doctor prescribed me antibiotics and Paracetamol for the same. I am almost recovered now, but the cough and phlegm are still present. The phlegm is often normal, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Anjali

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.As per your history, you have a cough with expectoration (phlegm), and it is bloodstained. I would like to know a few things before I can suggest you on any treatment. Please answer the following questions:1. Do you have any history of fever, loss of appetite, or weight ...  Read Full »

I am anxious about cough with phlegm, runny nose, and cold. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a concern with regards to my anxious condition. For the past few days, I have been experiencing cough with phlegm with a runny nose due to colds. I just wanted to knew what should I do. Do I need to take an antibiotic? Kindly guide me.  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement you have been suffering from itchy throat, runny nose due to colds, cough with phlegm, and headache for the past few days. You have not mentioned here about the color of your phlegm. If the whitish color of phl...  Read Full »

What could be the reason when an elderly person throws up with cold and chill?

Query: Hello doctor, My grandfather is 92 years old. He had been throwing up with cold chills, hot flashes, coughing up lots of phlegm, sore throat, back, and stomach pain. But there is no fever. What should we do? What could it be?  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. After going through your query I must admit that the first possibility is of pneumonia or lower respiratory tract infection. As he is having all signs of pneumonia other than fever. It should be ruled out with a chest x-ray and complete blood count. With the advancem...  Read Full »

I have a severe cough, thick mucus, and body ache after COVID recovery. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have bronchitis, and I am experiencing severe cough, thick mucus expectoration, and severe body ache. I recovered from a severe COVID infection few months ago. I have attached my x-ray. I am currently taking tablets Pulmocef, Montel LC, Concor 5 mg, and Pulmoclear syrup. Kindly hel...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from severe cough with thick mucus formation and body aches. You had a history of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease-2019) infection, hypertension, and ob...  Read Full »

What is the cause for having a cough with phlegm for a long period?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had my cough with phlegm for almost a month now. I have had two swab tests already, and both got negative for COVID results. What can I do to be relieved of my cough? I am taking Ascof Lagundi, and in the past, I used to take Solmux. Kindly help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a cough with phlegm for almost a month. Your RT-PCR (reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction) for COVID-19 tests were negative. Cough with phlegm for a month may resu...  Read Full »

I have pain in the right lungs with yellow phlegm. Can I have lung cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19 year old male, and I weigh 140 lbs, and I am 5.7 feet tall. About three weeks ago, I went to the doctor for a fever, chills, and a headache. I was told that it was a minor case of flu. I developed blood in my mucus soon after, but I did not go to the doctor, as it went away aft...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is a repeat lower respiratory tract infection, which is leading to both yellow phlegm and chest pain due to inflammation of pleura called as pleuritis. Chances of cancer are very less, provided your young age. Still, you should get one a chest x-ray done. I suggest ...  Read Full »

Can pneumonia present with just cough and a little phlegm?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 18 years old male. I have cough without expectoration for the past five to six days. A tiny amount of phlegm came with my cough today. The severity of coughing has reduced compared to the initial two days. Sometimes when I breathe out while lying down, I can hear and feel the phlegm...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Sir, actually cough with phlegm is seen in respiratory infection only, and most probably it is caused by bacterial or viral infection. Hence you have been diagnosed to have bacterial pneumonia. The actual diag...  Read Full »

What does cough with phlegm in a person recovered from COVID signify?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 23 years old female. I recovered from COVID-19 two months ago, and I still cough with phlegm despite taking tablet Mucovisc for two weeks. There is no abnormality in the chest x-ray (PA view). Is this something I should be concerned? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Varunbabu Aucha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your presenting complaint of cough with phlegm for two weeks indicates that you might have a lower respiratory tract infection, which is of concern. Having a cough itself says that something is abnormal. Taking tablet Mucovisc (Acetylcysteine) alone cannot help in y...  Read Full »

I have stabbing pain in the lower left back after coughing up with phlegm. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a male weighing 76 kg and 5.10 feet tall. Since the past month, I have been having issues with my chest. When I wake up in the morning, I cough up a lot of clear and white phlegm and get a stabbing pain in my lower left back. I am suffering from loss of appetite and often fall short ...  Read Full »


Dr. Jeremy David O' Kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A productive cough associated with shortness of breath and chest pain always indicates a need for clinical examination and appropriate special investigations as follows. Clinical examination with auscultation (using a stethoscope). Chest x-ray. Sputum specimen for cultur...  Read Full »

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